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Just Another Princess Movie. Image by Sarah Handelman I suppose most girls remember when they became aware of themselves as specifically female viewers.

Just Another Princess Movie

Growing up in the eighties, I watched movies about boys and girls with equal relish, empathizing with the protagonists and getting totally absorbed in story without my parts getting consciously in the way. When I realized the boys in my classes didn’t do the same thing — they refused to see themselves in female protagonists and found the prospect humiliating to contemplate — I felt I had overstepped my bounds. Feeling simultaneously embarrassed at being so profligate with my sympathy and spiteful towards those who weren’t, I started watching movies the way I was supposed to: as a girl, specifically.

Boy, was it bleak. If you don’t get to be Indiana Jones and have to think about how he is with girls, if you have to wonder, while watching Treasure Island, whether any of the characters you loved would even talk to you, movies become kind of painful. And so on. Lee Zachariah's Very Own Web Page. In the opening moments of Prometheus, a strange, monk-like alien – looking more like a human than the xenomorphs we’re used to from 1979’s Alien, the film with which Prometheus shares a universe – disintegrates himself into a river.

Lee Zachariah's Very Own Web Page

It’s a ritual, and it appears to be one of excruciating agony, but he’s inflicted this upon himself on purpose: we don’t know it yet, but he’s creating life. Prometheus is perhaps the most frustrating film of the year. Not because it does anything particularly bad to the Alien legacy – this is, after all, a franchise that has survived Alien3, Alien Resurrection, and some gigantically-misjudged attempts to combine it with the Predator franchise – but because the great film it could have been is so infuriatingly apparent, you want to take to the thing with a hatchet.

Or, rather, the Final Cut Pro equivalent. One of the many, many great things about the original Alien film is how the crew is made up largely of engineers and miners. Rowan Stocks-Moore's Posters Explore Dark Side Of Disney (PHOTOS) If you've ever watched a Disney animation as an adult, you'll notice the darker side of fairy tales.

Rowan Stocks-Moore's Posters Explore Dark Side Of Disney (PHOTOS)

What seemed like a life-lesson battle between good and bad, actually touched on some fairly controversial issues, like Ursula in "The Little Mermaid" resembling more of a devil-character than just a villain. Artist Rowan Stocks-Moore realized these deeper threads and captured the seedy underbelly of the classic cartoons in remakes of their posters. "In recent years I have re-watched some Disney films and noticed a much darker tone than I remembered as a child, (though even as a child who can forget the infamous death scene in Bambi?!) ," Stocks-Moore wrote. Stocks-Moore has always been a fan of the Disney movies. "I decided I would combine this love of Disney with the darker tones I'd picked up on to create some new poster art that would appeal more to adults than to children, but would still reflect the inherent magical charm of the Disney movies they depict," he wrote.

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